President handover 89 houses to beneficiaries

WALVIS BAY: President Hifikepunye Pohamba today handed over the first 89 houses of the government’s mass housing program to beneficiaries at Walvis Bay.

The recipients used to live in shacks built in the backyards of family members and/or friends in the Kuisebmund residential area.

The completed houses are part of 1 595 houses being constructed in Kuisebmund’s Kabeljou Street of Walvis Bay under the mass housing project.

Pohamba expressed excitement that after launching the project on 25 November 2013, his dream came true of handing over the first houses.

He then called on local authority officials to make sure that the houses being build under the mass housing program are quality properties, which will not start cracking two years after being occupied.

Pohamba also called for fairness and transparency in the process of approving beneficiaries for mass housing, saying there should be no corruption or favouritism.

WINDHOEK; Judgement on the urgent application to postpone the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections will be heard in the Windhoek High Court tomorrow.

Judge Kobus Muller will deliver the verdict in the case by the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and three other litigants, who claim that it is unconstitutional to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for elections without a paper trail.

Submissions were heard in the High Court this morning in the urgent application to postpone the elections which are scheduled for this Friday, to February 2015 because of the absence of a paper trail.

Director of the African Labour and Human Rights Centre, August Maletzky, who is one of the four applicants, emphasised that without a paper trail the elections can be rigged.

He said that as a result of using EVMs without a paper trail, the results of the by-elections held in Otjinene, Ohangwena, Endola and Windhoek West Constituencies are not verifiable, and that is inconsistent with the law of democracy.

He added that the absence of voter verification means that results cannot be audited nor does it provide the parties with a possibility of a recount.

Windhoek lawyer Sisa Namandje, who represented the ECN and the Namibian Government as the first and second respondents respectively, earlier today said the application should be annulled because not all respondents were served with summonses to appear in court today, hence their absence from court.

He then asked the judge to dismiss the application with legal costs of two legal representatives.